About STEM AVSED

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How we Carry Out Our VisionSTEM AVSED - Aviation & Space Education

We aim to prepare and inspire the next generation of skilled professionals for the aviation and aerospace industries using science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and to educate the public about FAA's mission to maintain the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world.

Our History

In 1935, the Department of Commerce Bureau of Air Commerce (FAA's forerunner) began working with the National Education Association to define and promote aviation education. Over several decades, many government agencies supported aviation education through efforts and initiatives.

When Dr. Mervin K. Strickler, Jr. joined the FAA as its aviation education specialist in 1960, he earned the nickname the "Father of Aerospace Education" for his tireless work promoting aviation education and developing partnerships and programs. Under his guidance, we increased our advocacy of aviation education and gained legislative authority for educational activities. We also created the STEM AVSED Outreach Program in 1961 to prepare and inspire the next generation of skilled professionals for the aviation and aerospace communities.

Today – with the tremendous support of our program partners – our STEM AVSED program continues to reach communities across the U.S. and beyond to provide expertise and resources on civil and commercial aviation. From our Aviation Career Education Academy and science fairs to guest lectures and hands-on workshops, our STEM AVSED program blazes a path to high-flying careers in aviation and aerospace.

Last updated: Thursday, December 1, 2022